On This 30th Anniversary Of The Web (WWW), Let’s Look Back How The Web Impacted The World

The internet has become an important source to leverage one’s business in the form of online business or joining an e-commerce site
  • BY Jaspreet Kaur

    Feature Writer, BusinessEx

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  • Mar 12,2019
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  • 14 Mins Read

The intrusion of the internet has enabled instant connectivity and communication amongst people. Besides connecting with the masses, the internet has become an important source to leverage one’s business in the form of online business or joining an e-commerce site. All this is possible because of the invention of WWW (World Wide Web). Back in the past, there was not any medium to search or gather information about things instantly. During that time, books, encyclopedia and library were some of the mediums to gather knowledge.  

The Advent Of The Web (WWW) 

In order to catering instant-communication and information, the internet was originally established in 1983. However, it is in 1990 when ARPANET got changed into the modern internet, which is being used today. In 1990, a major invention took place which modified the internet and made it a useable tool for the masses. Tim Berners-Lee was a contractor in CERN, Geneva in 1990 who designed WWW (World Wide Web) or the Web.

In essence, the Web (WWW) is a huge network of the online content which is utilized through HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) and formulated in HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). The Web is often confused as the internet. However, both the terms “Internet” and “Web” are entirely different.

Difference Between The Internet And The Web 

The web or web browser is employed to access pictures, videos, audios and various other forms of content. Whilst the internet is utilized as a network connection which enables to send and receive messages and meanwhile, use web browsers (www).  

Earlier on, the web was intricate text websites which were provided by the organizations and required higher technological knowledge for its formation. However, with the passing time, the web design got evolved and become accessible to all gradually.

The Inventor Tells The Present State Of The Web (WWW)

On the eve of the 30th anniversary, CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research decides to celebrate the event by hosting Tim Berners-lee and other learners. Berners-Lee revealed that besides being a celebratory moment, the event or meeting would be also a space to confer on the bad issues relatable to the internet.

“We’re celebrating, but we’re also very concerned,” said Berners-Lee as reported by the American daily news, TIME.

Under the “Contract of the Web”, The web was designed to bring people together and make knowledge freely available. Everyone has a role to play to ensure the web serves humanity. By committing to the following principles, governments, companies and citizens around the world can help protect the open web as a public good and a basic right for everyone, as stated in the official website of World Wide Web Foundation.

According to the Web inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, the web has eased lives, formed several opportunities and facilitated the minored voices though “it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit.” as reported by the American daily news, TIME.

Impacts On The Businesses Across The Globe

Following 1990, drastic changes have taken place around the globe, especially in the telecommunication and business sector. The modus operandi of the businesses has gradually changed after the coming of the internet. Several significant changes have undergone in the industries over the years.

  1. The Advent Of New And Unique Business Entities

In order to make the virtual world like the traditional markets, the researchers and business magnates have developed new modes of businesses which, in turn, changed the picture of the internet and generated new products. E-commerce, Social Networking, SMO, digital marketing and online streaming music are some examples of new services and business ideas.

  1. Modified The Underpinnings Of The Business Ecosystem

Before the internet era, operations, documents, technology and other imperative segments of the business were totally reliant on the offline sources. With the arrival of the web, the entire structure of the company has altered and accordingly, information is retained in the computers and online software for easy accessibility and transmission.

  1. Increasing The Business Without Geographical Expansion

Through the internet, a business entity can effortlessly expand its business by multiple times without increasing its geographical coverage. This can be done by creating a web page, joining an e-commerce site or promoting business on social sites.

The proper use of the Web can upscale a business’s performance and on the flip side, dismantle the underpinning of the business. In order to actualize results, knowledge should be used wisely.




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